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IN THE WORKS: Emmy Rossum to Join Producer-Star Hilary Swank's 'You're Not You'

When you've won two Oscars and your best options are starring in "The Resident" and "New Year's Eve," you start to produce movies yourself. Thus Hilary Swank and 2S Films' partner Molly Smith are producing their second feature, "You're Not You," directed by George C. Wolfe ("Nights in Rodanthe") and adapted by Shana Feste and Jordan Roberts from Michelle Wilgden's novel.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 23, 2012 11:12 AM
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Warner Bros. Nabs Rights for Mickey Spillane's Pulp Private Eye Mike Hammer

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to pulp author Mickey Spillane's rough-hewn, brilliantly unsympathetic private eye Mike Hammer. There are currently no specifics on the film adaptation, but one thing's for sure: the studio has its work cut out to compete...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 22, 2012 5:00 PM
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Angelina Jolie on Attempted Murder of Malala Yousafzai; Woman of Impact Emergency Appeal for Girls' Education Fund

In the wake of the Taliban shooting of a 14-year old girl named Malala Yousafzai, who vocally promoted girls' rights to education, The Daily Beast features a story written by Angelina Jolie. The activist writes:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 22, 2012 4:34 PM
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Sundance Institute Introduces the Tennessee Williams Award for Playwrights

The Sundance Institute announces the Tennessee Williams Award. The first-of-its-kind award will honor emerging playwrights who have participated in the Institute's Theatre Program Labs.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 22, 2012 2:39 PM
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Weekend Recap: Hollywood's Most Secretive Directors, Cinema's Future, Tina Brown, AMC vs. Dish

Secretive directors: In a world where new posters, trailers, and spoilers are prized and rumors are updated minute-by-minute, remaining a "secretive" director takes willpower and determination. A select few directors manage to keep a tight lid on their projects, and Vulture's Kyle Buchanan posted a list of the most clandestine of these. Hollywood's most secretive filmmakers? Christopher Nolan, Woody Allen, and the Wachowskis...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 22, 2012 2:35 PM
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In The Works: Herzog's School Shooting Drama 'Vernon God Little,' Fassbender's Ubisoft 'Assassin's Creed' Teams with New Regency

- Werner Herzog is set to direct "Vernon God Little," an adaptation of D.B.C. Pierre's novel penned by Andrew Birkin ("Perfume"). The coming of age story, set in Texas, follows a teenager who is caught up in the aftermath of a shooting at his high-school committed by his best friend...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 22, 2012 1:48 PM
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Sam Mendes' Return to England with Bond and 'Skyfall' (via The Guardian)

Brit theater director Sam Mendes, having directed five incisive films about American culture including Oscar-winner "American Beauty," "Revolutionary Road," and "Jarhead," turned his sights to Britain's iconic James Bond franchise with "Skyfall." The Guardian looks at what Mendes brought to 007, which has been getting raves, with contributions from "Skyfall" stars Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris--and, for good measure, "Road to Perdition" star Jude Law.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 22, 2012 1:26 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Campion's 'Top of the Lake' Stars Elisabeth Moss

Jane Campion is one of many filmmakers turning to TV. New Zealand-set BBC/Sundance Channel mini-series "Top of The Lake" is scheduled for next year. At MIPCOM she declared that her return to TV gave her "a lot of respect" for the people working in the medium, and she's prepared to do more television with a similar project set in Thailand.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 22, 2012 1:10 PM
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Hugh Grant Follows Up 'Cloud Atlas' Villains with Untitled Marc Lawrence Romantic Comedy

Hugh Grant will follow up his audacious multiple villains in "Cloud Atlas" with a return to the romantic comedy genre in writer/director Marc Lawrence’s new untitled romantic comedy. It will start shooting in New York in April 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2012 12:59 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Idris Elba Reveals New Sides of South African Leader in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Check out this first look at Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," which stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela. From the screenplay by Bill Nicholson ("Gladiator," "Les Miserables"), the biopic reveals sides of the pivotal South African leader most of us do not know. Yes, the film documents his rise from rural villager to political prisoner and country changer, but it also introduces Mandela as a playboy who loves women, fast cars and boxing. Naomie Harris will soon become better known as the latest Bond Girl opposite Daniel Craig in "Skyfall." Elba ("The Wire," "Luther," and "Prometheus") is currently reprising his role as Heimdall in "Thor 2." "Mandela" began shooting in May, mostly on the actual location where the events took place, from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu Natal.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 22, 2012 12:42 PM
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